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Program Philosophy

This program embraces the assumption that managers must function within a dynamic environment of uncertainty and change. Success will be influenced by the capacity to sensitively scan the environment; to assess facts for their relevance; to formulate appropriate, informed and innovative decisions; and to implement actions for maximum effectiveness. The ability to persuasively communicate, founded on self-awareness and relating to others, is integral to this process.

Curricular Focus

You will be exposed to a broad-based, generalist perspective of the organizational environment. This entails development of an understanding of the functional components of organizational activity (e.g., accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, management), but within an integrated context.  Additionally, we strive to assist in the development of the following:

  • Leadership and ethical behavior
  • A systems perspective
  • The ability to analyze, synthesize, integrate
  • An awareness of self and environment
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Communication effectiveness
  • Creativity/vision/the inclination to initiate
  • Collaboration, effectiveness as a team member
  • Technological sophistication
  • An appreciation of ambiguity, uncertainty, equifinality
  • A willingness to embrace and promote change/risk-taking
  • An attitude of professionalism

Program Structure

The MBA required core consists of 36 credits (12 required courses of 3 credit hours each). Students are eligible to enroll directly in the 36-credit program after successfully completing 6 credits in essential courses (the MBA essentials) or their equivalent as an undergraduate or graduate student. If you do not have the necessary prior course work in business, you will be required to complete up to a total of 42 credits to earn the MBA. Waiver of the 6 credit essential courses will be considered with review of the official transcript.

Curriculum (36-42 credits)

MBA Essentials (6 credit hours)

(The Essentials courses are 3 credit hours each. If you have credit for equivalent courses as an undergraduate or graduate student, these courses are not required. At the time of admission, your previous course work will be evaluated and you will receive a letter of acceptance indicating which of these courses you must complete.)

BUAD 507 Essentials: Accounting and Finance

BUAD 508 Essentials: Management and Marketing

Required MBA Core (36 credit hours)

ACCT 540 Financial Accounting (Prerequisite: BUAD 507)

ACCT 546 Managerial Accounting (Prerequisites: ACCT 540)

BMIS 607 Information Management

ECON 511 Economics for Managers

FINA 610 Financial Management (Prerequisites: ACCT 540)

MGMT 510 Leadership and Ethics

MGMT 512 Management Decision Analysis (Prerequisite: BUAD 508)

MGMT 542 Organizational Behavior (Prerequisite: BUAD 508)

MGMT 590 Special Topics in Management

MGMT 620 Strategic Human Resource Management (Prerequisite: BUAD 508)

MGMT 680 Strategic Integration* (Prerequisite: ACCT 546)

MKTG 640 Marketing Management (Prerequisite: BUAD 508)

*MGMT 680 must be taken in last 6-9 credits of study. (Prerequisite: ACCT 546)

Note: The College of Business has established a Global Experiential Learning program. Students interested in adding international travel to course options should check with the MBA Coordinator.

Course Load and Scheduling

Frostburg State University’s MBA program offers all courses in the fall and spring semesters.  Summer session schedules traditionally include all courses; however, this may vary based on demand.  Students may take one to four courses per semester, and though it is possible to complete the program in 1 year attending full time, most students complete the program in 2 to 3 years part time. This program is designed with the recognition that students will progress at different paces, depending upon the personal and professional demands on their time.  It is recommended that students working full time should consider no more than two courses per session. Please be advised that courses can fill up quickly so all students, particularly those graduating from the program, should register early to ensure placement. 

Program Progression

Students should start with the “Essentials” courses and progress through, as much as possible, in numeric order, starting with the 500 level courses. Several of the courses have prerequisites (which are listed above). You should consider the prerequisites when planning your program of study. If you are attending full time, to allow for some flexibility in scheduling, you should plan your schedule to take any of the following courses in your final semester with the MGMT 680 capstone course: MGTM 510, BMIS 607, MGMT 590 and/or ECON 511 . Only these courses are recommended to be taken in the last 6-9 credit hours with the MGMT 680 capstone course.

The Classes

College of Business faculty bring a combination of “real world” and academic experience to the classroom to assist you in developing and enhancing the requisite skills and abilities needed to be a successful manager.   Faculty will use a variety of teaching methods including cases, projects, papers, team exercises, tests, etc. to realize the goals of the course.  Student engagement and participation are needed for learning to take place, and all classes emphasize interactions between faculty and students and among students.  Online virtual classrooms are used in some courses to supplement and enhance content delivery. 

Administrative Program Features

Because most students are busy professionals, all administrative features of the program have been simplified and are achievable online:

  • There are no course requirements that cannot be satisfied within the program and online.
  • All registration activities can be conducted through FSU’s PAWS online registration system or by mail.
  • Contact with the graduate program coordinator, instructors and administrative support may be accomplished via phone or email or through Blackboard, the universities online learning system.
  • Book ordering can also be conducted online.
  • Computer labs are available for students who are within geographic proximity of the Frostburg or Hagerstown (MD.) campuses.
  • All students are provided access (from personal PCs or program computer labs) to the University’s online research resources (including access to 16,000 journals, as well as the ability to download and print out full-text copy of articles).

Technology Support

Frostburg’s MBA program uses the Blackboard platform and Blackboard Collaborate (a virtual online classroom). Technology training for students is available online via our OIT website. The Help Desk offers technology support 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.